Central Falls

Rivera & crew seek vaccination sign-ups

Politicians have to walk (and constituents have to enforce) a subtle line.

By Justin Katz | April 20, 2021 |

Something in Dan McGowan’s Rhode Map column today reminded me of a question I had for Central Falls Mayor Maria Rivera.  Asked by McGowan what has surprised her in her first 100 days in office, Rivera replied, in part: “I’m surprised by the enormous stress of providing basic city services while, at the same time, tackling…

Corruption and Poor Ethics “Unavoidable” in Central Falls

By Patrick Laverty | February 22, 2013 |

Amazing. If you need any better illustration of the mindset of certain individuals (read: not all) in Rhode Island government, this article from W. Zachary Malinowski at the Providence Journal yesterday is about as clear as you can get. Moreau’s brother, Frank, said the coziness of small-city politics led the ex-mayor astray. “People that got…

How Much Are Central Falls’ Dilettante Officials Costing Taxpayers?

By Monique Chartier | February 7, 2013 |

It was very tempting, indeed, to title this post: “Seriously, are certain Central Falls officials anticipating a commission from the Receiver’s legal fees?” Presumably, the answer is, no, they are not. However, as the “stand-off” between state officials and certain C.F. council members now moves, ludicrously, to mediation, an observer can be forgiven for wondering…

Flanders Out as Central Fall Receiver

By Carroll Andrew Morse | June 1, 2012 |

According to Associated Press reporter Erika Niedowski, Robert Flanders has been replaced as Central Falls receiver…The state-appointed receiver in Central Falls who has overseen the city’s bankruptcy proceedings is being replaced in what the governor’s office says is a “new phase” of its recovery. John McJennett III is replacing Robert Flanders Jr. as of Friday.…

Moving Forward in Central Falls

By Patrick Laverty | June 1, 2012 |

According to the AP’s Erika Niedowski, Robert Flanders has been removed from his position as the receiver in Central Falls. However, he has been replaced by a new receiver, John McJennett. Governor Chafee mentioned that Central Falls is ready for a “new phase”, which I guess is just a nice way of saying that he…

Undoing the Central Falls Settlement with Some Last Minute Legislation?

By Carroll Andrew Morse | May 14, 2012 |

Can’t talk about the bill, it’s still in committee… Can’t talk about the bill, it’s still in committee… Can’t talk about the bill, it’s still in committee… Why do you want to talk about that bill? Everything important about it was decided in committee.Justin Katz of the Ocean State Current (and Anchor Rising too) has…

Bankruptcy Judge Rules that Central Falls’ School District is Separate from the City

By Carroll Andrew Morse | March 24, 2012 |

Federal Bankruptcy Judge Frank J. Bailey has issued a preliminary ruling that the Central Falls School District is not part of the City of Central Falls. The Projo has the complete ruling available here. Specifically, Judge Bailey rejected a request from Central Falls receiver Robert Flanders to issue a declaration “that the School District is…

Imagine Reevaluation of Political Philosophies…

By Justin Katz | February 29, 2012 |

… It may be more difficult than it seems. If dislike of dictators Is contingent on progressive dreams Over on the Current, I express restrained hope that some noise on the Left about Central Falls’ receiver will spur reconsideration of liberals’ long-running centralization project. I note, too, that Anchor Rising’s unease with the entire municipal…

Give ‘Em What They Want

By Patrick Laverty | February 26, 2012 |

Former Central Falls Mayor Thomas Lazieh has asked State Receiver Robert Flanders to leave his post in the city. State lawmakers have submitted a bill that will attempt to limit what a receiver can actually do. City Council member Patrick J. Szlashta thanked citizens and elected officials for turning out Friday for a discussion of…

Robert Flanders’ Answers to Questions on Receivership

By Carroll Andrew Morse | February 10, 2012 |

Central Falls Receiver Robert Flanders certainly cannot be faulted for not responding to inquiries in a timely fashion… Q1: You have been quoted on the Buddy Cianci radio show as saying that some sitting Rhode Island Mayors should approach the state government and ask to become the receivers for their cities. Is this indeed a…

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